BLANCHESTER — A man was arrested Saturday after Blanchester Police say they responded to a report of an overdose and later found illegal drugs packaged for sale.
According to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt, at around 11 a.m. Saturday officers responded to 414 S. Mill St. on a report of a person who had overdosed. When he arrived, BPD Cpl. James Beckelhymer said he found Ericka Hall, 30, of Lazenby Street, Blanchester, unresponsive. Beckelhymer began CPR until an ambulance arrived.
It appears Hall suffered a heroin overdose and was transported via ambulance to Clinton Memorial Hospital, Reinbolt said. On Monday, a hospital spokesperson said Hall was treated and released.
The residence is the home of Christopher Perry, 39, his mother Roberta Perry, 67, and Christopher’s minor child, Reinbolt said, and the bedroom Hall was found in is occupied by Christopher Perry.
“Drug paraphernalia was in plain view in the bedroom,” Reinbolt said. He said Perry was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments. He was transported to the Clinton County Jail.
Additional Blanchester police officers were called in to work and a search warrant was obtained for the home.
“Inside the home, officers found a quantity of heroin packaged for retail sale as well as numerous items used to process and ingest illegal narcotics,” Reinbolt said. “While executing the search warrant, officers observed a cellular phone in the kitchen. Text messages were being received on that phone from individuals seeking to purchase illegal narcotics.”
Officers informed Roberta Perry that it appeared her son had been selling narcotics out of the home. “She took the opportunity to berate the officers for not stopping him from doing so, while indicating she had no knowledge of his illegal activities inside her home,” Reinbolt said.
Items seized were sent to the Ohio BCI crime laboratory in London, Ohio for analysis, Reinbolt said. Once those results are received, the case will be presented to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for consideration of appropriate felony charges.